An estimated 150 people attending a rally in Munn Park this morning were urged to contact city commissioners and ask them to keep the Confederate monument there. One of those commissioners, Michael Dunn, spoke at the rally and donated a .38 derringer from his military surplus store for a raffle; proceeds from the $20 raffle tickets supported the candidacy of Ed Shoemaker, a rally sponsor who is running for the Republican nomination for the U.S. House seat being vacated by Dennis Ross. Keep reading for video from the rally.
Mayor Bill Mutz, who supports moving the monument, observed part of the rally and said he was glad that it was orderly and respectful.
In addition to preserving monuments, speakers at the nearly-two-hour rally urged support of gun rights and resistance to what was described as a movement to adopt Muslim Sharia law in the U.S.
Protesters held a tie-dye peace sign and a poster reading “Your heritage is hate.” Rally supporters used a flag and their own posters to hide the protesters’ messages.
LkldNow’s live stream of the rally is presented below in three separate videos. Technical issues interrupted our stream twice, so it’s missing a portion of the speeches by Shoemaker and Jeffrey Sanow, a former CIA officer.
- Other coverage of today’s rally: The Ledger | 10News | Fox 13 News | WUSF News | News Channel 8
- Previous LkldNow coverage of the Confederate monument issue.
Ledger video from the rally: